Queen Victoria Building Sydney

The Queen Victoria Building is possibly the most beautiful shopping centre in the world.

Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night
Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night cc licensed photo by David Lee

The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.

When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.

The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.

The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.

There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.

Nearby attractions: Sydney Tower, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Town Hall, Saint Andrew's Cathedral and Hyde Park.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Queen Victoria Building Sydney Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9265 6800

Official Website: Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Queen Victoria Building Sydney Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A heritage listed classic late nineteenth century building in the Sydney CBD. Three above ground levels and two below street level. Interesting architectural features. Many shops including various dining options. Very touristy but an enjoyable experience.
Michael Case - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Elegant building with usual mall stores inside. We liked the toy store inside. There are good dining options. The tram stops right in front of the mall, there are plenty of stores outside/across the mall as well.
Sandhya Prashant - a month ago

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5 Star Rating One of the old buildings in the city that is very beautiful. Think they had plans for taking it down years back. Someone decided to make it into a shopping mall and made a beautiful work. Have a coffee and enjoy the view. Last time they had put up some UGLY commercials that were so dominating - shame on you for doing that to a place this elegant.
Jens Peter Olesen - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Gorgeous shopping arcade with entry to luxury brands and everything you need. Beautiful facade and interior! Will come back? YES Pros : - Beautiful building inside out! Countless spot for insta-worthy photos. - Complete shopping experience for entry level luxury brands and high-street. - Cool basement with discount store! - Various restaurant / cafe located strategically on beautiful spots or overlooking the townhall of Sydney. - It connects with many surrounding building on the basement level. Notably Westfield. Good to stroll on rainy day. - The mall smells like candied nuts! Cons : - Close pretty early at 6pm. - Get packed with tourist making walking around a tad hard. - A line could form on certain photo spot. Come early to fully enjoy the beauty and then shop!
MB H. - in the last week

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5 Star Rating "I recently visited the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney and was completely blown away by its grandeur and charm. The stunning architecture, intricate details, and beautiful stained glass ceiling left me in awe. The building's rich history and character are palpable as you explore the various levels, discovering unique shops and cafes along the way. It's a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sydney - a true gem that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted."
Sudipta Rakshit - 2 months ago

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Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L2QVB1 minute
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall1 minute
T2, T3, or T8St. James3 minutes

How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train

By Light Rail L2: Exit at QVB which is right across the raod from the Queen Victoria Building.

By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).

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